Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in major depressive episode during pregnancy

Neuro Endocrinol Lett. 2008 Feb;29(1):69-70.


Sir: For women diagnosed with Recurrent depressive disorder, pregnancy poses a major treatment challenge. Apart from antidepressants, the most commonly used biological therapeutical method is ECT (electroconvulsive therapy). We believe that similar efficacy can be achieved using rTMS as a safer option with substantially less side effects. So far, only a few case-reports reporting the use of rTMS for treatment of pregnant patients with depression were published.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Letter
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Depression / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / psychology*
  • Pregnancy Complications / therapy*
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation / adverse effects
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome